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Game 158: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Sep 25, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (96-61)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Chris Dickerson RF
Brandon Laird 1B
Ramiro Pena 2B

RHP A.J. Burnett (10-11, 5.28)
Burnett vs. Red Sox

RED SOX (88-69)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Conor Jackson RF
Marco Scutaro SS
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Mike Aviles 3B

RHP Tim Wakefield (7-7, 5.08)
Wakefield vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05., YES Network / TBS

WEATHER: Sunny and warm here in the Bronx. Little bit of wind blowing from left to right.

UMPIRES: HP Brian Runge, 1B Ted Barrett, 2B Tim McClelland, 3B Marvin Hudson

SHOWING UP: The Yankees lead the American League in home attendance (3,555,067) and average home attendance (45,001). This is the ninth straight season the franchise has led the AL in attendance. Their 18 home sellouts are the most in the three-year history of the current Yankee Stadium.

WRAPPING UP: The Yankees are 34-16 in the second game of a series thus far in 2011. They are 33-19 in series finales, but have lost four of their past five in series of three-or-more games. The Yankees are 18-8 in finales at home this season.

THE FULL MONTY: Jesus Montero has recorded back-to-back 3H, multiple-RBI games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other Yankees rookies to accomplish that feat since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920 were Bob Meusel in 1920 and Robinson Cano in 2005.

MAGIC NUMBER: The Yankees have clinched a playoff spot, a division title and home-field advantage. The magic number is, I guess, zero.

UPDATE, 1:37 p.m.: Kind of amazing to watch how poorly this Boston team is playing. Ellsbury picked off. Two mistakes by Saltalamacchia. It’s a 2-0 Yankees lead, and they haven’t hit the ball out of the infield.

UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Nice play by Pena to get the last out of the third. Burnett looks good so far. Still a 2-0 game heading into the bottom of the third.

UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Posada goes deep and the Yankees are up 4-0 in the third. Curtain call for Jorge.

UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Burnett is through five innings with a 4-1 Yankees lead. Ellsbury took him deep in the third, but otherwise he’s been pretty impressive against a Red Sox team that just keeps limping to the finish line.

UDPATE, 2:56 p.m.: Ellsbury’s second homer is his 30th of the year. Say what you will about the Red Sox, their leadoff man has had an incredible year.

UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Fans have booed him a couple of times today, but Burnett is through six innings having allowed just three hits (two of them solo homers by Ellsbury). He’s pitched pretty well today.

UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: The captain doubles in a run and it’s 6-2 Yankees in the sixth. Jeter’s hitting .300 with four games to play.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: That’s a nice play by Laird to start a 3-6-1 double play in the seventh. Burnett is still out there with Soriano getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Burnett’s final start of the year is going to be one of his best. He’s still out there in the eighth, the first time he’s pitched this far into a game since June 13.

UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Scratch that. Forgot about the eight innings on July 29. So this is the second time he’s gotten an out in the eighth inning since June 13.

UPDATE, 3:39 p.m.: Huge ovation for Burnett, who’s pulled after 7.2 innings and back-to-back strikeouts. Robertson is in to face Ellsbury — Girardi talked pregame about wanting to use relievers in situations that might come up in the postseason — and Burnett has his finest start since early June.

UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: Was that a changeup from Robertson? Brought in to get a lefty, and he’s able to go to that pitch? This is part of the reason the Yankees don’t have to have a second lefty in the bullpen, because in the late innings, they can bring Robertson — or, I guess, Soriano — to get a tough lefty in a tough spot. If Logan can get a key lefty in the fifth or sixth, one of those two setup relievers can handle the key left-handed at-bats in the seventh and eighth. The ninth is spoken for, obviously.




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